Friday dilemma: Is Australia really a dumm blonde?
Interesting story on the Courier Mail today via mX magazine. A “culture expert”, whatever that is, says that the rest of the world sees Australia as a dumb blonde.
The woman’s name is Patti McCarthy and her somewhat pretentious job title is “Director of Cultural Chemistry” at a company who helps overseas businesses understand Australia’s nuances. But she makes a telling point.
“A lot of people expect us to be [a dumb blonde country] because of our laid-back nature, Neighbours and Ugg boots,” McCarthy told mX.
“I meet so many people overseas who view Australia as intellectual backwater. We’re known for surfwear, sport and sheepskin boots, not for the bionic ear, pacemakers and ultrasounds.
“I’ve heard of workers being teased by colleagues for moving to Australia… they get told things like, ‘oh, you’re taking a few years off’.
“We’re like a beautiful woman with a bag over her head.”
Hmmm. Dunno about that last line. Dunno about any of this. But there’s one thing we do know. If the world’s going to stereotype us, we feel the favour should be returned.
England, you are Posh Beckham. Emaciated, over-important and completely dependent on soccer for 98 per cent of your relevance and 100 per cent of your income.
America, you are Madonna. Way past your prime, you just don’t know it yet.
New Zealand, you are one of those attractive minor characters in a TV drama whose name no one ever remembers.
Anyway, back to today’s dilemma.
Does Australia deserve to be categorised as a dumb blonde? How else would you categorise us?
And is there any other country you’d care to liken to a celebrity, or to a generally distasteful character stereotype this fine Friday afternoon?
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